Age range: 11 - 15
Resource type: enquiry-oriented activity, lesson plan
Author: Katja Maaß
In this activity, students perform research on marine pollution due to plastic waste within a socioscientific setting. The learning goals are: the use of knowledge about floating and sinking, to explore and understand the method(s) used for cleaning the oceans, to explore the differences between the use of a floating barrier and a fixed barrier, and for students to make their own bioplastic and find out what the differences are with other plastics. The activity requires IBL. The teacher can decide to have the students find the required knowledge themselves (and support them in doing so). Students are asked to design an experiment they can perform at school to test the differences between a floating and a fixed barrier. Students of different achievement levels can work together in small groups. Discussing socioscientific issues prompts students to use different types of discourse, knowledge (school subjects), values and emotions. Furthermore, this specific task prompts students to evaluate how to contribute towards a better and cleaner world and to think about their own contribution.
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